Open source tools for sharing files

One of the most used way of communication is the electronic mail or e-mail, a message exchanged between two or more users, which can contain text, images, videos, files or other types of attachments. In the previous era, email client was the mean for sending and receiving emails but nowadays it is more common to exchange emails through online e-mail service or webmail hosted by an external web server. There are several e-mail services you can find online allowing you to open a free account, one of them is the popular Gmail.

Presentation of Gmail

Gmail is the free, advertising-supported email-service of Google company launched in 2004. It is actually one of the most used web-based email providers with more that 1 billion users in the world. 

It offers many features, among them Conversation view of messages, Gmail chat instant messaging Google Hangout and Option to start or join a video meeting;

Gmail is geared towards big companies, but start-ups or smaller companies can’t bear the cost of such web mail service. Also, email communication is very sensitive as all your company information can flow while collaborators exchange emails. There are many open source software solutions which provide alternative services to Gmail, and one of them is Roundcube paired with the ALIS’ cloud hosting provider .

Survey: “Which open source application alternative to Gmail would you choose? “





Open Source Files Sharing tools example

NextCloud, a file share and collaboration platform


NextCloud is an open source cloud storage solution giving you the possibility of creating and using file hosting services. It provides a platform to view, synchronize and share across devices easily even if it is used on different operating systems. Files can also be shared and accessible to other people on another NextCloud server.

The advantage in this file sharing cloud is that you can upload your data in your storage and in your own server, keeping everything under your control. NextCloud also provides an important security system using innovative technologies ensuring data privacy. With its user-friendly interface, you will learn to use this tool in a quick and very easy way without any special skills for a regular need. With just one click on our “Install” button, our technical team will be notified and ready to install the application for you.

You can access NextCloud features presented as follow:


  • Mobile and desktop syncing
  • Responsive Design
  • Versioning and Restore
  • Galleries
  • Activity Feed
  • File editing and preview support for PDF, images, text files, Open Document, Word files and more
  • Smooth performance and easy user interface
  • Fine-grained control over access to data and sharing capabilities by user and by group
  • Integration with Drawio, Onlyoffice and more
  • Centralize the mail accounts in one place
  • Syncrhonize  your contacts, agenda and tasks in NextCloud
  • Password and bookmarkes manager for NextCloud allowing you to manage and store your passwords and bookmarks for your browser safely in your own cloud

Advantages of using Nextcloud on ALIS 


  • Registered Domain name
  • Secure & reliable hosting
  • Unique ID
  • Centralized platform to manage your apps
  • Upstream NextCloud releases track and updates


You don’t need cloud computing or IT infrastructure skills to install and use NextCloud on ALIS. If you want to know more about NextCloud, check out the official website at

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